Audi Sport is presenting its first model to feature the current RS design idiom with the introduction of the second generation Audi RS 5 Coupé. The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport and unites athletic power with harmonious aesthetics and practical everyday usability. Its newly developed 2.9 TFSI bi-turbo engine produces 331 kW and delivers 600 Nm of torque. The standard quattro drive distributes the power to all four wheels and guarantees traction, dynamism and stability well into the limits of the possible. Audi South Africa is pleased to announce he introduction of the new RS 5 Coupé into the South African market.
The designers drew inspiration for the new RS 5 Coupé from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO, hence the vehicle demonstrates its very sporty character at first glance. The front, sides and rear exhibit RS-typical differentiation. Measuring 4,723 millimetres in length, the second generation of the RS 5 Coupé is 74 millimetres longer than the predecessor model. The height is 1,360 millimetres and thus 6 millimetres lower than previously. At 1,861 millimetres, the vehicle’s width remains as before.
In comparison with the A5 Coupé, the Singleframe radiator grille appears broader and flatter thanks to its new honeycomb structure. It bears both the quattro lettering and the RS 5 emblem. Beneath it, a blade in contrasting colour runs between the air inlets, connecting these with one another. These also adopt the three-dimensional honeycomb structure and underline the dynamism of the RS 5 Coupé.
The standard headlights use LED technology, while the optional Matrix LED headlights are distinguished by their darker tinted bezels. Alongside them are additional lateral air inlets, which make this top-performing athlete appear even wider and more aggressive. A sporty conclusion to the vehicle is provided by the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and a surface-mounted spoiler lip.
The styling packages – gloss black, carbon and matt aluminium – provide even more customisation. Overall, the RS 5 Coupé is available in seven colours, with Audi Sport also offering the exclusive paint colour Sonoma green metallic. A carbon roof with visible fibre structure is also available as an option.
Additionally, customers are also able to specify the RS Dynamic Package which contains Matrix LED headlights, dynamic steering, quattro with sports differential, speed limiter increase to 280 km/h and sports suspension plus with dynamic ride control.
The 2.9 TFSI V6 bi-turbo engine, which Audi developed from the ground up, offers sharp increases in power and efficiency as well as an incomparably full-bodied RS sound. It delivers 331 kW and its peak torque of 600 Nm – 170 Nm more than the previous model – is available across a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The top model in the A5 family sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h – however customers can choose to increase this to reach 280 km/h as an option.
Both turbochargers of the 2.9 TFSI unit are centrally positioned inside the V of the engine and each of them supplies a single cylinder bank. The B-cycle combustion process with central direct injection represents a new level of efficiency within the RS family. In the NEDC, the V6 bi-turbo consumes just 8.7 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, which corresponds to 197 grams of CO2 per kilometre. This is an efficiency gain of 17 percent over the previous model. Also beneficial for the new RS 5 Coupé is a drastic reduction in weight. The vehicle weighs in at 1,655 kilograms – 60 kilograms less than previously.
The bi-turbo’s power flows through a sportily-tuned, eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimized shift times and on to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive which features a self-locking central differential. The drive forces are asymmetrically distributed between the axles in the ratio of 40:60. Dynamic handling with optimum traction and the best-possible levels of safety are thus guaranteed. Audi Sport also offers an optional rear sport differential.
A revised five-link construction is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link suspension replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. This benefits the sporty driving characteristics and agility. It also improves comfort significantly. With the standard RS sport suspension, the new RS 5 Coupé sits 7 millimetres lower than the base model. As an alternative, Audi Sport also offers the RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning. Drivers can make their personal driving experience more individual, dynamic or comfortable using the standard dynamic handling system Audi drive select.
As standard, the RS 5 Coupé welcomes the driver and passengers with illuminated door sills bearing the RS 5 logo. LED light guides trace the contours of the doors and the center console – doing so in 30 different colours in combination with the optional ambient lighting.
Bathed in black, the interior is of an extremely high standard and sportily equipped. RS sport seats in Fine Nappa Leather with honeycomb pattern is standard – and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel underscores the character of the high performance Coupé in the interior as well. The steering wheel rim bears the RS badge, as do the front seat backrests and the shift gate.
The RS design package brings the sporty contrast colour red into play on the center console as well as on the armrests, the seat belts and the floor mats with RS logo. The steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads are all covered with Alcantara.
The luggage compartment offers ten litres more volume than before. It now holds a best-in-segment value of 465 litres.
Display and controls
As standard, the RS 5 Coupé features large RS-specific analog instruments for speed and revs. Between this is the 7-inch colour driver infotainment system. The MMI navigation plus has a screen diagonal of 8.3 inches and is a standard feature on the new vehicle.
The all-digital Audi virtual cockpit is also standard on the new RS 5 Coupé. With a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels, the 12.3″ TFT display provides detailed and selectable graphics. As with all RS models, the RS screen supplements the infotainment and classic displays. It places the rev counter with integrated digital display for speed in central focus. The driver can configure other displays around this, such as torque, power, tyre pressure and temperature and g-forces. The rev counter also serves as a shift indicator: if the eight-speed tiptronic is in manual mode, green, orange and red segments are activated sequentially as the revs increase. Just before the engine reaches the limit, the entire scale flashes red. The lap timer, a further function of the RS menu, records up to 99 laps and compares the times against each other. Also displayed is the status of important technical components, such as the temperature of the tyres, engine oil and transmission fluid, as well as tyre pressure.
Another option available is the head-up display. It projects all relevant information onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision as easily comprehensible symbols and digits. Drivers can then keep their eyes on the road. Here, too, the RS 5 Coupé features specific content like the shift light and displays for lap times and oil temperature.
The Audi smartphone interface integrates iOS and Android (not yet available in SA) devices via Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto respectively into an environment within the MMI developed specially for them. The Audi phone box connects the smartphone to the vehicle antenna for improved reception quality and charges the smartphone inductively via wireless charging according to the Qi-standard.
The RS 5 Coupé sets new standards in sound entertainment. The standard Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound introduces the spatial dimension of height. It utilizes four additional loudspeakers, two each in the instrument panel and the A-pillars. The music sounds like it is being played in a concert hall. The heart of the system is a 755-watt, 16-channel amplifier that drives 20 speakers. Two subwoofers behind the side panel trims in the rear generate the bass.
Driver assistance systems
The new RS 5 Coupé has a combination of different technologies to enhance safety, comfort and efficiency. Playing a central role here is the adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop&go function including traffic jam assist. The ACC keeps the RS 5 Coupé at a safe distance to the vehicle in front by automatically accelerating and braking. The driver can choose between five distance stages and adjust acceleration and system response via Audi drive select. The system works together with tiptronic over the entire speed range from 0 to 250 km/h. The stop & go function brakes the vehicle to a standstill and enables automated restarting at the driver’s request. In slow-moving traffic up to 65 km/h, traffic jam assist decelerates and accelerates the vehicle autonomously. On well-built roads, it can temporarily also take over steering. Within the system limits, the car automatically follows the vehicles ahead, thus relieving the strain on the driver.
The predictive efficiency assistant evaluates GPS information from the car’s immediate surroundings and helps to save fuel by giving specific driving advice – a unique feature in this segment. The collision avoidance assist helps the driver to drive around an obstacle and thereby avoid an accident. Based on data from the front camera, ACC and radar sensors, it computes a recommended avoidance track within a fraction of a second. Rounding out the line-up are such assistance systems as turn assist, park assist, rear cross traffic assist, exit warning and Audi active lane assist.
The Audi RS 5 Coupé is priced at R1 285 500, standard with the five year or 100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan and inclusive of all taxes. Launched in November, the Audi RS 5 Coupé is now exclusively available at Audi Sport dealerships around South Africa.
In other motoring related news, Audi also recently launched the new Audi S4, which assumes a top position in the new A4 family.